Business Owner David Feinberg Says He's Not Racist, Posts Apology In Window

CLIFTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A letter posted by a business owner in Clifton has sparked a lot of outrage with some calling the message racist.

David Feinberg’s livelihood has been sharpening knives at his business, Cutters Edge, in New Jersey for 25 years, but for many, a notice posted on his window cut deeper than his craft.

The message reads, “Speak English or pay $10 extra.”

Feinberg told CBS2’s Cory James he put the sign up recently after a frustrating 10-minute encounter with a customer.

“I couldn’t understand a word he was speaking in Spanish … He made absolutely no attempt, none whatsoever, to speak to me in English. I figured $10 at 10 minutes was a fair number,” he said.

Diana Morell says she saw the flier on the window and it left her with one thought.

“Racist, what else?” Morell said.

“He says he’s not a racist,” James said.

“So what’s the sign for?” Morell said.

She’s not the only one with those feelings.

Some expressed frustration from their cars during CBS2’s interview with Feinberg in front of his shop, with one person shouting, “Hey, you racist piece of dog [expletive].”

While there are many who are outraged, there are also others from around the world showing their support in voicemails.

“I’m calling from Greece, I’m with you all the way,” one message said.

“I’m in Houston, Texas, and you hang whatever sign you want to,” another said.

Michael Fazil lives across the street and does not condone the statement. He has, however, found the heart space to see past his neighbor’s fault.

David Feinberg posted an apology in the window of his Clifton, New Jersey, business after he posted a sign reading, “Speak English or pay $10 extra.” (Credit: CBS2)

“I’m Spanish … I think he made a simple human error. You should forgive other people,” Fazil said.

Feinberg now has a new sign posted, one that is an apology. It reads, “Sorry about the speak English sign. Please [accept] our [heart] felt sadness it may have caused.”

When it comes to accusations that he is racist, Feinberg says, “I’m not. Simple. I’m not.”

A conviction this 71-year-old understands others may never believe.

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Comments (3)
  1. Vic says:

    Let me explain the game..

    Pretending to not understandi or speak English has long been weaponized. Pretending to not understand and then feigning outrage at a bill for services combined with fake indignation. This is a Con game played by no small number of people in order to recieve services and not pay the stated rate for them. For Auto repair Mechanics and Shops depending upon the region it is even more common

    It is all a big act..

    Racist.?.. Of course… because English can only be spoken by Englishmen and Spanish can only be spoken by Spaniards. Unless we can speak both or more.. But then we pay the agreed upon in advance full price for services.

    The sign is reasonable.. If It takes more time and more effort and it is not worth the cost of dealing with people to the business owner. Experience has taught him more often than not “Me no understand English Good” it is a scam.. Good on Him..

    Racist.? The Scam is played both ways.. Services offered but not provided.. “I no understand” No no no You Say..You pay….. My English not good you trying to rip me off..”

    So take and hawk your “Racist” tripe somewhere else..

    The Societal Costs of people not speaking or more commonly pretending not to speak a common language is real..and not good.

    The man just working for his living requireing people to clearly speak and understand English or Spanish or Yiddish (His choice) and pay their agreed upon in advance bill in full .. Has that right..

    1. J H says:

      The drivel you have written caused a deep belly laugh that I haven’t experienced in years. The Olympic level of gymnastics you have performed to defend a racist is admirable, if a little (a lot) unhinged.

      But it’s a reality that more people like yourself are comfortable expressing your true selves given the current state of affairs in this country. The benefit to moral and rational people like myself is that I have a clear picture of those who are on the wrong side of history.

  2. kogerenge says:

    I get paid over $98 per hour working from home with 2 kids at home. I just got paid $ 8460 in my previous month It Sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it……………………Read More

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